As a fitness-minded particular person, you most likely avoid issues like sweet for probably the most half. However we’re all people in spite of everything, and now we have our weak factors. That being mentioned, a current case out of Massachusetts is an effective reminder that an excessive amount of of an excellent factor could be unhealthy, even lethal, for you.

Medical doctors not too long ago reported on a case in The New England Journal of Medicine of an unnamed man who died after consuming an excessive amount of black licorice — sure, as within the sweet. In line with the medical doctors, he was consuming “a number of packages” of licorice per day, which induced his coronary heart to cease.

How might this be? Though you could assume it needed to do with the sugar within the sweet, the offender was truly a compound referred to as glycyrrhizic acid, a compound that gives the first candy taste in licorice root. Glycyrrhizic acid can also be discovered in lots of dietary supplements and even Belgian-style beers.

The issue with the compound is that it causes potassium ranges within the physique to plummet. Potassium, an electrolyte, is answerable for many bodily features, together with cardiac rhythm — or our heartbeat. When somebody has depleted potassium ranges, such because the licorice fanatic, they’re inclined to cardiac arrest.

It’s drawback that’s been well-known for fairly a while — the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on excessive licorice consumption back in 2017. The consultants famous that potassium ranges return to regular as soon as folks cease consuming licorice — however within the case of the Massachusetts man, he was consuming it every single day so the physique didn’t have an opportunity to replenish to very important mineral.

Not like many different minerals and compounds, it’s laborious to inform how a lot glycyrrhizic acid is in a meals. However for folks over 40, or these with a historical past of coronary heart situations, it is perhaps a good suggestion to avoid the compound.